Kaiser High Student Receives $40,000 STEM Scholarship from Edison International
Henry J. Kaiser High School senior Winnie Huang is determined to make technology more accessible after watching her parents struggle to use and understand today’s complex devices.
Thanks to a $40,000 Edison International STEM Scholarship, Huang is one step closer to earning a degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University and achieving her goal.
“I started crying when I found out I won, because many winners had been announced and I was still waiting to hear back,” Huang said. “I’m very grateful and relieved to receive the scholarship because it will make a huge difference financially and help me pursue my goals.”
Huang – a high-achieving AP scholar with a 4.51 GPA – is one of 30 students in the Southland to be honored this year by Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison.
The program annually awards $1.2 million in scholarships to outstanding high school seniors studying in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at four-year universities. The $40,000 scholarship will be paid over four years.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Huang said her parents’ pursuit of a better life has motivated her to make the most of her academic opportunities and follow her dreams.
“My parents are my inspiration, and I hope that I can achieve my goals and one day support them the way they have supported me,” Huang said.
Huang plays doubles on Kaiser High’s tennis team and balances athletics with a rigorous academic schedule, as well as campus activities like Key Club, academic decathlon and National Honor Society.
“Congratulations to Winnie Huang for her academic excellence and for earning such a distinguished honor,” Fontana Unified Superintendent Randal S. Bassett said. “Ms. Huang exemplifies the caliber of high-achieving scholars we are proud to have in Fontana Unified.”